Moon Mt. area conditions

Observation Date/Time:
Thu, Nov 28, 2019 - 8:02 PM
Reporter(s):
Aaron Hartz
Location/Elevation:
Broken Top Area
Report Type:
Snow Conditions  
Travel Mode:
Snowmobile   Ski or Snowboard  

Written Report:
The snowpack is thin. In the flats below the east face of Moon Mt, at around 7000 ft, I measured 30 cm of snow. Higher up on Moon Mt., at around 7400 ft, I measured 45 cm of snow below ridge top on easterly terrain.

I found two layers of weak snow down 25cm below the surface near treeline. There are rounding facets above and below an old crust. These layers were easy to pick out in the flats and higher up on the east and NE facing slopes on Moot Mt. These facet layers appear to be trending toward rounding and gaining strength.

I observed new surface hoar on top of the snowpack on shaded east and north facing slopes near treeline. We will keep an eye out to see if any of the SH hangs around long enough to get buried by the next round of storm snow.

Skiing down the NE shoulder of Moon was great except for the 7 or 8 rocks I hit. There is some good powder out there, just watch out for the early season obstacles :)

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